girlishly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

girlish +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

girlishly (comparative more girlishly, superlative most girlishly)

  1. In a girlish manner.
    • 1879, George Eliot, chapter 12, in Impressions of Theophrastus Such[1]:
      Ganymede was once a girlishly handsome precocious youth. That one cannot for any considerable number of years go on being youthful, girlishly handsome, and precocious, seems on consideration to be a statement as worthy of credit as the famous syllogistic conclusion, "Socrates was mortal."
    • 1951, Sinclair Lewis, chapter 10, in World So Wide[2]:
      "What's worse, I suppose I girlishly trilled all this to him, and too often. [] "